Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

This week’s imposition of sanctions on one of China’s largest telecom equipment manufacturers, ZTE, by the US Commerce Department, and an investigation of Huawei, ZTE’s foremost Chinese competitor, could not have come at a more auspicious moment for Saudi King Salman as he visits China on the third leg of his month-long Asian tour. Fishing in … Continue reading Walking a Tightrope: China Manoeuvres Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

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Nagaland Unrest: Fate of “Indian Balkans”

The Indian state of Nagaland is poised to once more create a major headache for India if the unrest there doesn’t fully stabilize sometime soon, although this story is almost completely overlooked by the Mainstream Media’s blackout on the topic. The large-scale riots from earlier this month have already led to the police killing three … Continue reading Nagaland Unrest: Fate of “Indian Balkans”

Pakistan’s Response to Hybrid War on CPEC?

Pakistan was attacked by terrorists over the past five days when eight separate blasts ripped through the country and reminded the world that Islamabad is on the front-lines in the War on Terror. Unlike after the end of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, this time it wasn’t just ‘wayward freedom fighters’ boomeranging back to their home … Continue reading Pakistan’s Response to Hybrid War on CPEC?

Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

The past couple of years have been marked by dramatic geopolitical changes triggered by the onset of the New Cold War, and while events such as the spree of urban terrorism popularly known as “EuroMaidan” and Russia’s anti-terrorist intervention in Syria are well known, there are other major shifts which have yet to generate considerable … Continue reading Has a Multipolar CENTO Sprung Up in the South Eurasian Rimland?

One Belt One Road a New Geopolitical Paradigm

The ascension of Donald Trump to the US Presidency has introduced an additional element of uncertainty to the conduct of world affairs. Judging from Mr Trump’s rhetoric, and some of his initial executive orders, such as withdrawing the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the proverbial cat has been set among the geopolitical pigeons. … Continue reading One Belt One Road a New Geopolitical Paradigm

A Pakistani Naval guard wards off troublemakers at Gwadar port. Photo: AFP/Aamir Qureshi

Game-Changers Ahead on the (Long) Maritime Silk Road

From the Bab al-Mandab to the strait of Malacca, from the strait of Hormuz to the strait of Lombok, all the way to the key logistical hub of Diego Garcia 2,500 miles southeast of Hormuz, the question pops up: How will the unpredictable new normal in Washington – which is not exactly China-friendly – affect … Continue reading Game-Changers Ahead on the (Long) Maritime Silk Road

Changing the region: Pakistan-Russia Alignment Shapes Regional Friendship

Emerging axis between Moscow, Islamabad and Beijing is seen, and Russia has chosen China and Pakistan over Modi’s India with this hope that being the part of the multipolar world and BRICS/SCO institutions, India will return to regionalism as Pakistan – once ally of the US - becomes a new friend of Russia. Russia considers … Continue reading Changing the region: Pakistan-Russia Alignment Shapes Regional Friendship

China’s New Silk Roads are Paving a Better Path to Persia

The neoconservative Brookings Institute think tank authored a 2009 strategic publication about the most efficient way for the US to asymmetrically destabilize Iran, titling their blueprint “Which Path To Persia? Options For A New American Strategy Towards Iran”. Eurasian geopolitics has been completely upended in the 7 years since that document was first published, and … Continue reading China’s New Silk Roads are Paving a Better Path to Persia

CPEC and The 21st Century Convergence of Civilizations

The current century presents a plethora of strategic opportunities for Pakistan, provided that Islamabad knows how to pluck the low-hanging fruit and take the initiative. The steady development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is making the country ever more attractive for a wide variety of international partners, some of which have traditionally been aligned … Continue reading CPEC and The 21st Century Convergence of Civilizations